How to Win Using the Queen’s Gambit Declined

When I play chess, I like to make an aggressive chess opening and one of my favorite openings is the Queen’s Gambit. However, this topic is extremely big and I decided to talk about only the Queen’s Gambit Declined in this article. The second part of this article is the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Great chess players, at international level, such as Capablanca, Rubinstein, Bernstein, Smyslov, Korchnoi, Tal, Karpov and the great Garry Kasparov included in their repertoire the Queen’s Gambit. Let’s see the Queen’s Gambit Declined.

The Basic Moves and Player Objectives on Queen’s Gambit Declined

In the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Black denies capturing the pawn at c4 square. Let’s see a theoretical example of Queen’s Gambit Declined.

Illustrative games

In order to, further understand the Queen’s Gambit Declined it is crucial to see it in action by some of the greatest players ever existed. This way, you will be able to get more knowledge in less time. Also, memorizing moves is not the right way to learn chess and if you want to improve your skills then, you should focus on the way of thinking and the reasons behind each move. I think the following games offer valuable lessons.

Semi-Slav Defense

Charousek (Petrosian) Variation

Orthodox Defence

Alexander Alekhine was a World Champion in chess and he was famous for his aggressive chess openings. He wasn’t afraid any opponent and on the following game, he sacrifices his central pawns in order to rapidly attack his enemy. His opponent, Geza Maroczy responded too late which was enough for a crushing defeat.

Semi-Slav Defense

Conclusion

Queen’s Gambit Declined is a basic opening of the game that everyone should study it. Despite the fact that it is an aggressive chess opening, a player who doesn’t like to play this way should still be aware of this opening and most importantly how to deal with it. Please don’t hesitate to comment or share this article with others. Enjoy playing chess.

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